Truck Safety

​​​​​​Commercial trucking is integral to our economy and our American way of life. However, large trucks introduce a disproportionate hazard to passenger vehicle occupants involved in a crash due to their sheer size, weight, and physical properties. 

What We Have Learned from Our Crash Investigations:

Drivers should...

  • Minimize all distractions and follow federal regulations about cell phone use.
  • Follow posted speed limits; drive even slower in bad weather.
  • Stay healthy! Take breaks and exercise, manage fatigue, and avoid driving while taking impairing medications —prescription and over-the-counter.
  • Wear seatbelts. And ensure your passengers do, too!
  • Drive sober — never get behind the wheel while impaired by drugs and alcohol.

Owners/Managers should...

  • Implement a fatigue management program based on the North American Fatigue Management Program.
  • Purchase trucks equipped with underride protection, advanced speed-limiting technologies, collision avoidance systems (then train drivers on their use).
  • Establish policies to address driver medical fitness for duty.

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